Travel To Your Honeymoon In Style

Travel To Your Honeymoon In Style

Everyone’s seen it at one time or another: a car, sometimes a limousine, sometimes a classic roadster, sometimes an ordinary American four-door, cruising down the highway with the words “Just Married” scrawled across the back window, tin cans and old shoes dangling wildly behind, tied to the rear bumper. It’s the classic image of a wedding, a proclamation to anyone and everyone, a celebration of a new life embarked upon.

6182722733_e4c904ba97_oNaturally, someone had to do the decorating, and it’s a little much to expect either the bride or groom, with so many other things to worry about, to track down the necessary materials and get busy. That’s what their wedding party is for. Traditionally handled by the groomsmen, decorating the getaway car from ixrental.com  can be a chance to get creative and call upon those artistic talents not often used in everyday living. While scribbling “Just Married” on a window is a start, to really do your newlywed friends proud, bring some imagination along and go all out. Naturally, the specifics of what you can do will be dictated to some degree by the getaway car chosen by the bride and groom; most often a limousine is chosen, but perhaps Grandpa has a classic ’57 Thunderbird that could be used — nothing makes for a classier getaway than a classic.

Certainly if a horse-drawn carriage is awaiting the happy couple, your options will be limited — you won’t want to do anything that might scare the horses away! But no matter what transport is used, there are lots of ways to have some fun. Use soap or shaving cream to write “Just Married” along the back, either on a window or on the paint. But be careful as shaving cream might damage the paint, leaving a possibly hefty fine to whomever returns the car. It might be wiser to play it safe and use the window. Soap should be safe no matter where it’s used, but depending on the paint job, it might be harder to see on the paint (especially if it’s a white limo!).

Another traditional way of dressing up the getaway car is to tie old shoes to the back bumper. In times past, leather was believed to ward off evil spirits, and so old leather shoes were thought to keep the newlyweds safe. If shoes aren’t readily available, tie some tin cans to the bumper, or anything that will make some noise as they drive off: old utensils, wrenches or other seldom-used tools, or pots and pans. But be aware that some limousine and car rental companies discourage tying anything to the car; it wouldn’t be a bad idea to call ixrental.com from and clear your plans first.

One way to splash some colour into the proceedings is to tie some streamers to the antenna, the side-view mirrors, and the door handles. Use the colour scheme of the wedding, or just pick a rainbow of colours. Vary the lengths of the streamers to mix things up, or throw in some curling ribbons to add variety. Another way to add colour is to take some deep breaths and blow up some balloons. Tie the balloons to the outside, or fill up the inside of the car to bursting. Use regular round balloons, or maybe get some with irregular shapes. Nothing adds festivity to an occasion quite like rubber balloons, so don’t hold back — blow up as many as you can! But if they start to pop, you might draw some unwanted attention to your clandestine mission of car decoration, so be car

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How To Get Style In Your Kitchen

How To Get Style In Your Kitchen

As a very rough guide, it is sensible to spend a maximum of five per cent of the overall value of your house on a new kitchen, to avoid losing money if you sell. Fitting a cheap and cheerful kitchen can have a negative impact on value, which makes your choice of cabinets and finishes so vital. You will have to invest carefully to get a beautiful finish on a limited budget.

On any budget it is wise to first factor in the cost of any known quantities. These include appliances, decorative finishes and necessary electrical works to add extra sockets and lights etc; deduct these from your total budget before choosing how much to spend on the units and fitting. You could save over £1,000 by installing the kitchen yourself, but you will compromise the finish if your DIY skills are not up to scratch.

Grey kitchen featuring Greystone color hardwood floor (Maple-Greystone) For more information, visit www.miragefloors.com

If you have a total budget of between £5,000-10,000, you may be surprised at the quality of cabinets you can afford. The majority of kitchens within this price bracket will consist of flat-pack carcasses with doors mounted on to the front using hinges screwed into the chipboard. The units are generally all the same on the inside – although some are made sturdier than others with an 18mm frame – with the look dictated by the style and colour of doors and decor panels.

The cheapest way of getting a kitchen with a solid wood finish is to buy affordable off-the-shelf carcasses, such as from Ikea, and then get a joiner to make solid wood door fronts. You can even order them online – try diyluxurykitchens.co.uk.

The beauty of this type of kitchen is that it can recreate the look of a more expensive in-frame design for less, which can then be dressed up with luxurious fixtures and finishes, such as a beautiful Belfast sink and bridge tap. Smart storage solutions, such as pull-out carousels, can also be installed into the units at a fairly low cost.

It is possible to purchase a bespoke solid wood, traditionally jointed in-frame kitchen, where the doors sit within the frame, for about £5,000. The style of sink you choose will be dictated by how much space you have available and what will work with the look of your kitchen. Most sinks are inset into a hole cut in the worktop, so they are easier to fit and tend to be cheaper. Sinks can also be under-mounted (fixed to the underside of the worktop) which creates a cleaner finish and works well if you choose to have draining channels cut into the adjoining work surface.

Also look at British Standard Cupboards from Plain English (which sells bespoke kitchens with an average price of £50,000-60,000), launched in recent years to offer a more affordable range of quality cabinets – from £5,000 for a complete setup. These have solid wood doors and carcasses made from white melamine faced European birch ply, with beech shelf lippings and traditionally dovetailed drawers.

When it comes to finishes, premium worktops will lift the look of the whole kitchen. Granite and quartz surfaces are a real investment, at several hundred pounds per 3m run, but durable composites, which replicate their intrinsic character and sparkle, are much more cost-effective.

Solid oak work surfaces can be ordered online for as little as £100-120 per 3m run. If opting for a high-quality laminate, choose a good depth with a squared edge, and overhang it slightly at the end of unit runs.

Mix and match worktop materials, for example a granite island against timber topped units, for a bespoke finish. This also allows you to use a cheaper and more durable material where you do most of your work and prep, then inject a bit of luxury with a breakfast bar or plinth in something more high-end such as quartz.

 

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Carpet Cleaning Machines: The Low Down

Carpet Cleaning Machines: The Low Down

When it comes to hiring in a professional company, you can be assured that the carpet cleaning company will have paid thousands of pounds for the proper equipment and will employ and train 3066428701_b3ff682c7f_ztheir staff to use the machines competently. This way, you know you’ve paid for a high quality service and a high quality job will be done. A good company will carry out an inspection of your carpets before thoroughly cleaning them. They can check the type of carpet you have and make a choice on how to clean that particular material. Having your carpets cleaned usually falls in the same category as spring cleaning; a very boring necessity. When you choose to clean your carpets it’s a choice between hiring a machine out to do it yourself, or hire a professional company for Expert Carpet Cleaners Aberdeen. Doing the job yourself may be a little more cost effective of course, but it may not do the best job. There is a difference between using a professional company and cleaning it yourself with a carpet steamer. Hiring a steam cleaning machine definitely don’t compare with those used by professional carpet cleaning companies as they are generally nowhere near as powerful and not very effective.

The chemicals that come with the machines are rather cheap and your carpets can be left wet or discoloured. The machines don’t effectively suck the water back out of the carpet fibres and therefore can leave mildew smells coming from the carpet pad. In areas of heavy traffic, a special pre-conditioning agent is applied to help break down heavy soiling. Any individual stains are treated with the correct chemicals to ensure that they are removed completely and you can really see the difference in the carpet straight away.

Your carpets will be steam-cleaned using a top-spec, super-powerful carpet cleaning machine. This machine removes all the dirt, allergens and stains from your carpets, whilst simultaneously sucking out any moisture, thus avoiding over-wetting and totally avoiding mildew stenches. Home steamers can leave the carpet too damp for too long! A professional cleaning will always be the more expensive option but when you think about it, hiring a steam cleaning machine to do the job several times if it leaves your carpet stained, will cost you less in the short term but you’ll have to repeat the job over and over. If you pay once or twice for a professional that job will last a lot longer and you’ll be able to enjoy cleaner carpets for longer. If you do decide to go ahead and do your own make sure you run the machine outside first with some water just to enjoy the pipes and the tanks are clean. Using a proper company to do the carpet for you can really make all the difference to your home or office.

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How To Hire A Contractor

How To Hire A Contractor

Hiring a contractor like samkaramandsons.com doesn’t have to be a hardship. You can follow these tips and get some excellent ideas on how you can get the best for your job:

Start with your friends and family and then check in with the National Association of the Remodelling Industry for a list of members in your area. You can also talk with a building inspector, who’ll know which contractors routinely meet code requirements, or pay a visit to your local lumberyard, which sees contractors regularly and knows which ones buy quality materials and pay their bills 11on time. Once you’ve assembled a list, make a quick call to each of your prospects and ask them the following questions:

  • Do they take on projects of your size?
  • Are they willing to provide financial references, from suppliers or banks?
  • Can they give you a list of previous clients?
  • How many other projects would they have going at the same time?
  • How long have they worked with their subcontractors?

The answers to these questions will reveal the company’s availability, reliability, how much attention they’ll be able to give your project and how smoothly the work will go.

Based on the phone interviews, pick three or four contractors to meet for estimates and further discussion. A contractor should be able to answer your questions satisfactorily and in a manner that puts you at ease. heck in with your state’s consumer protection agency and your local Better Business Bureau to make sure contractors don’t have a history of disputes with clients or subcontractors. Now that you’ve narrowed your list, put your research to use.

Call up former clients to find how their project went and ask to see the finished product. Even more important, visit a current job site and see for yourself how the contractor works. Is the job site neat and safe? Are workers courteous and careful with the homeowner’s property? You have your short list of contractors whose track records seem clean and whose work ethic looks responsible. Now it’s time to stop looking back at past work and start looking forward to your project. A conscientious contractor will want not only a complete set of blueprints but also a sense of what homeowners want out of a project and what they plan to spend.

To compare bids, ask everyone to break down the cost of materials, labour, profit margins and other expenses. Generally materials account for 40 percent of the total cost; the rest covers overhead and the typical profit margin, which is 15 to 20 percent. Payment schedules can also speak to a contractor’s financial status and work ethic. If they want half the bid up front, they may have financial problems or be worried that you won’t pay the rest after you’ve seen the work. For large projects, a schedule usually starts with 10 percent at contract signing, three payments of 25 percent evenly spaced over the duration of the project and a check for the final 15 percent when you feel every item on the punch list has been completed.

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Your Modern Living Room

Your Modern Living Room

Today’s living rooms in moderately priced homes are not the giant rooms you find in the much older homes. To be kind to the designers who tried to maximise square footage, we can call them ‘intimate’ settings. If you feel less kindly, you can call them small.

22Modern living rooms differ to the traditional and ornate in that they are usually simple in their approach and often minimalist with strong accent on colour and simple form. This simple room is basically black and white with an accent on the Arne Jacobsen egg chair in a soft yellow. It works well as the decoration is subtle in a small space. Imagine if the room used bright or dark colours. It would close up immediately, yet even in this small space its interesting and feels large. Before you purchase new furniture for your living room there are several facts you have to determine. First, how is your living room going to be used? Is it a formal room where guests will visit for a short time but you will not be serving refreshments? Is it a great room that is multi-functional? Do you plan to use your living room as the name implies – as a room to live in? This means you will use it for family gatherings, entertaining guests, watching television, etc. It is a room that will be well-used.

Now that you have defined its purpose there are two other considerations: space and budget. In listing how much furniture you need in your living room, you must make the distinction between want and need. You can want a $5,000 leather sofa but you need a place where three people can sit. Sometimes individuals are wealthy enough where they can combine the two. Most individuals and families are not in those financial latitudes. The basic furniture to begin a standard living room is a sofa, one chair, one coffee table, one end table and one lamp. This gives you seating for four. The end table with the lamp and the coffee table give your guests a place to set their drinks or cups plus you can set snacks on the longer table. You can add to this grouping as you see fit. Depending on space, many individuals feel they need more furniture in their living rooms. The logical additions would be another chair and a second end table and lamp. This gives you comfortable seating for five. There are several free software programs on the Internet where you can put in the dimensions of your living room and add furniture to see how it will look in different arrangements

Perhaps you have a great room that serves all purposes. In your household you have two adults and three children. You will be watching television in this room and the children will be using it to play games. This is where the floor plan will really help because you will need more furniture in your living room. You may opt for comfortable recliners for the adults. To keep clutter at a minimum you may consider an armoire for the television. There are also wall units that house the television, DVD player and music components in the middle with space-saving book cases on either end. It depends on your available space and how much money you have to spend. If you like the idea of the wall unit, there are plenty of retail stores as well as on-line sites that sell them for a lesser amount if you put them together yourself. Once you have your main pieces of furniture in Massachusetts  selected and in place you can begin to add accessories or other items if needed. The one thing you do want to avoid is too much furniture. This will make the room appear smaller and give you and your family a feeling of claustrophobia. You want your living room to be inviting and comfortable. If you have sufficient furniture and there are bare spaces, you can add greenery or potted plants where they can get good light. Old trunks make ideal places to store toys, magazines, board games and other things that may make the room seem cluttered. It can also serve as a table top for children to play on or a bench should you need additional seating. The same goes for ottomans. There are many styles and colours in ottomans that double and triple as storage spaces as well as extra seating.

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How To Effectively Unblock Your Drains

How To Effectively Unblock Your Drains

24There’s nothing sweeter than the stench of a blocked up outdoor drain. Not. Unfortunately it happens too often due to high traffic in toilets, showers and sinks. Having a blocked outside drain generally means calling in an emergency plumbing team to have someone come to give a strong jetting and thorough cleaning. No one wants to have to do this so keeping your drains as ship shape as possible is the best thing you can do to make sure you don’t have to spend anything extra calling someone out. There’s a lot you can do to help yourself and your drains. The more they get blocked up, the more possible damage to the system inside the walls. To save yourself excessive replacement pipework that will inevitably need doing, you should just take care of what you have before it gets to be a problem.

Most minor drain blockages can be repaired with very little effort using an outside drain unblocker bought from a high street shop or with other equipment you can buy from a DIY shop or local supermarket. You don’t need to be an expert at DIY to unblock a drain you just have to be willing to get a little bit dirty and a little bit smelly! The first thing to do is figure out what is wrong and sometimes this can be a little disgusting so glove up and wear something protective over your clothes. Bathroom drains can be clogged up with hair, soap and basically dead skin. Kitchen drains tend to be clogged up with grease from food and most people stupidly flush baby wipes which can block toilet drains. Leaves and debris from the outside block outdoor drains for the most part.

Indoor drains can usually be unblocked with something as simple as a bottle of drain unblocker so there’s no need to call out Tunbridge Wells Emergency Plumbers. Poured into the drain before you go to bed will mean you wake up to clean drains both inside and outside the house. Rinse it out the following morning and make sure you stay safe – you should wear rubber gloves at a minimum when using drain unblocker, as it can be very corrosive and can cause chemical burns. If accidentally ingested or if it makes contact with the eyes, the consequences could be even more serious.

While it is more complicated to unblock an outdoor drain than an indoor drain, it is by no means a difficult task and shouldn’t take you more than half an hour. You’ll need a set of drain rods or failing that a really big stick like a mop or broom handle. Wearing appropriate protective clothing will mean any splashes won’t bleach your clothes. Pull the cover off the drain to get a good look inside. You might need to use a screwdriver or other thin, flat project to jimmy it open. If there’s a handle, but you can’t seem to budge it, tying some rope or string around it will give you better leverage and help you remove the drain cover. If the drain is full of water, the blockage is somewhere after the chamber. If it’s empty then it’s before it which can be in the soil pipe between the chamber and the plumbing system so if you want to give it a go yourself, work your way along the chamber and clean it out. Once you’ve unblocked the drain, run clean water through it to rinse any addition debris and prevent other blockages. Pour bleach down the sinks inside to make sure they’re totally cleaned through.

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